Air purifiers are a proven way to improve the air quality of your home. For many cat owners, air purifiers are the saving grace that keeps their homes smelling clean and fresh. They are even shown to help with cat allergies.
We’ve gone through and tested some of the top air purifiers on the market, and we’re here to give cat owners a breakdown of the best air purifiers on the market for households with cats. So if you’re looking to upgrade your air quality at home, this one’s for you!
Our Top Choice
If you want to skip the reviews and jump to the best, well we can’t recommend the Levoit enough these days. We’re so crazy about them we got two. They are reliable and quiet, a crucial aspect for cats, and they do a great job cleaning the air in a multi-cat household without breaking the bank.
For Those Needing Less Maintenance
Now, if you are looking for an air purifier that never needs a cleaning or a filter change, be prepared to spend a little bit more. But over time, you should recoup the loss. What we love about this machine, outside of it being maintenance free, is that it will project the air quality directly on the machine. So when your cats are nearby, the quality will drop down until they move away. It’s a small thing, but it helps show when your air is getting compromised. It’s also dead quiet - a huge plus for cats who get scared of machines making lots of noise.
The worst thing about this purifier is the price. It’s significantly more expensive than others on the market, and the only major benefit is a 5 year filter. Changing a filter isn’t that much work, so it seems like an excess expense.
For Those Needing To Purify A Larger Space
If you’re looking to purify a 600+ sq ft room, the PURO is probably the way to go. As a larger unit, you’re going to need to find a creative way to blend it in with the room, but it’s clean looking and will clean your air quickly and quietly.
As a larger unit, it’s quite expensive to use in a small space, but if you have multiple cats or a larger room this is a game changer.
For Those Needing A Bit More Style
If you’re not a big fan of how air purifiers look (I mean, who is really in love with it), you can opt for the Dupray if you need a level up on style. This is a larger unit, but you are still paying a premium for the style verse the PURO, but here’s where the Dupray has a unique advantage - you can put this one right next to the cats litter box and it will actually make the area look better!
Sometimes style is important, and if you’re already dealing with marginalized aesthetics in your home due to cat stuff (litter boxes, cat trees, etc) this may be a better option to take.
FAQ About Air Purifiers For Cats
Outside of our top picks, there's a few questions you may have around using an air purifier. We've compiled the answers here for your ease.
Do air purifiers remove cat odor?
Yes they do. In fact, they are possibly the safest way to remove cat odor from a home and leave it smelling fresh. You can try air fresheners, but an air purifier is a much safer and healthier option for your home.
What's the best air purifier for cat dander?
As cat dander is quite small - and more important to remove than actual cat hair, the standard advice for cat owners is to look for an air purifier that has a HEPA filter. All of the purifiers above have HEPA filters, and while they can't remove 100% of cat dander, they do a great job at getting most of it.
Are air purifiers good for cats?
Well, they're certainly not bad for cats! They easily remove pollen and pollutants from the air, making your home safer for both you and your cats. Some cats have issues with the air purifiers, but that's likely due to the sound they make. Opting for a quieter air purifier should help your cat get used to their new friend.
Do air purifiers help with cat allergies?
Yes they do. In fact, an air purifier could mean the difference between being able to sit comfortably in your home with a cat or not. Many cat owners with allergies swear by air purification systems for this reason. As air purifiers will actually remove the dander that causes allergic reactions, they are a great way to neutralize allergies in confined spaces.